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Our history

The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower started in 2016 when Gatwick Airport asked: " How do we support people with non-obvious disabilities?" 



May 2016

The Sunflower Lanyard Scheme® launches at London Gatwick Airport
The lanyard is designed to identify passengers with a hidden disability who may need additional help while travelling


The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard rolls out across all major UK airports


UK rail providers become members of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard Scheme®.

The Co-operative Channel Islands is the first UK supermarket chain to pilot the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard

Major UK supermarkets trials take place

NHS trusts and independent GP surgeries trial and launch the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard Scheme®

Work with international airports including sharing training materials and advising on best practices


Tabbers Limited trademarks the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard Scheme®

Cinemas and visitor attractions launch the scheme throughout the UK


M&S is the first UK supermarket to roll out the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard in all their UK stores; Sainsbury's and Argos launch throughout their UK stores; and Tesco launch in all of their stores in the UK and Ireland

Banks, hospitals, insurance companies, shopping centres, sports venues, and arenas join across the UK

The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower online store opens up to the general public.

Facebook Page 25,000 likes within a few days - individuals and businesses from all over the world become aware and request the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard.

Global airports launch the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower: 

Sydney and Brisbane in Australia

Seattle and San Jose in the US

Copenhagen, Trieste and Amsterdam in Europe

Istanbul in Eurasia and Dubai in the Middle-East

Over 2 million lanyards distributed globally


The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower training videos are released for businesses and organisations to train their staff

Nationwide trials the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower becoming the first financial institution to join the scheme

Chelsea Football Club launch

North American launch - partnering with The Sourcing Group

Oceania launch - partnering with Bayley House